January is the time for new beginnings. And I always find that a new beginning is easier when there’s an enraged feminist ideal behind it.
I first saw this video when I was worknig in a job that…to be honest…I was cruising in. I wasn’t trying. I was waiting for the next opportunity to fall into my lap, and I talked about career and ambition but I did nothing about it. I never asked, because that wasn’t the way I was made, I believed things would just happen by virtue of me having some intellect and the desire to work hard.
This talk, by Sheryl Sandberg, “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders” changed all that.
If you can’t access video, the transcript is here.
Sheryl Sandberg has been the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook since 2008. Her talk holds three key messages. No woman that I have ever shown this talk to has failed to be moved and spurred into action after hearing this. She talks of women not having the confidence to negotiate, of women taking their foot off the pedal in case they one day want children, of how women should “make their partner a real partner”. And she does all this without judgement.
If you haven’t heard about TED talks before, now’s your time. The tag line is “Ideas Worth Spreading”. They say it far better than I: “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other” There are over 14,000 fifteen-minute talks on everything you could possible think of..stories told, ideas shared, opinions proffered, science, technology, politics, philosophy, feminism, business, humanity…all with the goal of making you think, of broadening your horizons.
Here are some of their most popular talks from 2012.
Happy viewing, readers!